The first two weeks of the NFL season are in the books and there has been no shortage of fantastic finishes and devastating injuries. Despite the mayhem and carnage that defined Week 2, team identifies are starting to be established, good and bad. Here’s the initial betting lines and over/unders for NFL Week 3:
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars, Pick-em, 44
Fitz-Magic vs. Minshew Magic. The Dolphins are already 0-2 and looking like a team with Trevor Lawrence on its mind. The Jags have shown pluck and despite no crowd, should be able to ride home field to a win and cover.
Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots -6.5, 46.5
Cam Newton has gotten his career second wind in New England, but the Raiders are 2-0 and dismantled the Saints with relative ease on Monday night. That line looks pretty enticing for the road dog.
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills -3, 44.5
Two 2-0 teams with early Super Bowl aspirations square off in Buffalo. With shootout potential between Jared Goff and Josh Allen, that over/under looks pretty soft to start the week.
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers -6, 45
The Texans are a mess and the Steelers are rock-solid at home. Until Houston can figure itself out, no line is safe. The Steelers might be the lock of the week.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants +6.5, 42.5
Two teams that got destroyed by injuries on Sunday, with the Giants losing Saquon Barkley and the 49ers losing Nick Bosa for the season. The totality of the 49ers’ injuries might allow the Giants to cover. The under is looking strong here.
Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings, Pick-em, 45.5
Tennessee is a shaky 2-0, needing late kicking heroics both weeks to hold off inferior opponents. The Vikings have looked even worse. Pick the Titans.
Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns, -5.5, 45.5
Did Baker Mayfield finally find himself last Monday night against Joe Burrow? Another Ohio hero, Dwayne Haskins, opposes Mayfield in Week 3. Burrow is better, so the Browns should keep rolling.
Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles. -5.5, 45.5
Speaking of Burrow … can the rookie finally convert his solid play into a victory? Probably not in Philly, especially if the Eagles’ offensive line continues to get healthy.
Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons, -3.5, 48
This is a make or break week for Dan Quinn and the reeling Falcons, the only team in 441 tries to score 39 points without committing a turnover and lose. Yeesh. The Bears have shown much more moxie and are a top dog to back this week.
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, -7, 45
Adam Gase is another coach who could be looking at unemployment if things continue to spiral around the drain in New York. Without Lev Bell and Jamison Crowder, do the Jets have the personnel to make a difference? Sorry, Adam. This line will likely increase as the week goes on.
Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers, -6.5, 44
The Panthers were terrible with Christian McCaffrey on the field. They have no chance without him against a Chargers team that took Pat Mahomes into overtime in Week 2.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, -3.5, 51
Kyler Murray looks every bit the top pick of 2019. The Lions are either getting way too much credit or the Cards are the most underrated team in the league. Give the points and profit.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos, +3.5, 44.5
Tom Brady > Jeff Driskel. Chris Godwin is back this week. Need we say more? Even for a road favorite, this line is not anywhere near where it should be.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, -3.5, 55
Can Russ and Dak possibly to do better than they did in Week 2? I’ll take my chances and the over.
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, -6.5, 51.5
The Saints are clearly a different (i.e. not good) team without Michael Thomas. Alvin Kamara can only do so much by himself. Check on Davante Adams’ availability, but the Packers look better suited to win without their top receiver.
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, -2.5, 52
The matchup of 2020 so far. The 52 points is the biggest total on the slate, yet still seems way too low for these offenses.